February 28, 2006

stupid sales tax

our financial secretary and those studying how our tax comes urge for sales tax since nearly all developed economics have and also widen tax base. but this is the stupidest move after choosing tung chee hwa as our chief executive.

for lower class of society, they will be poorer on accumlated taxes as many know. there will be a big hit for our services and sales industry! we can get rid of regional shopping centre soon. no one from other places would wanna buy things here because redemption is a bit trouble.

but after depolyment, there may be a business found focusing on that. since sales tax will increase in coming future, those having foreign passports should group together and provide service to buy things for those not having to get the redemption. that's what the german guy i know did when he came back to germany to buy things with 16% sales tax and used his HKID for refund!

February 27, 2006

far behind

yesterday had hot-pot dinner with university mates for the wedding from one of them. haven't seen some of them for a long time. and that's pretty fast for him to get married.

compared to them, i too suck. from job and salary, wealth, relationship...

February 12, 2006

overuse of it in schools

in my secondary school era, infomation technology (use of computer for teaching) was a growing technology and started to implement into the schools. but now, it's popular to use it in hong kong. compared to what i have faced with my sister's. i think it is overused.

two examples can mention that:
first teachers make powerpoint presentations instead of using blackboard and chalks. but i don't think presentation is a way to present materials to students. teachers use too much time on special effects to attract students. that makes them no time prepare the lesson or do other things. and paper is wasted for printing out the notes instead of dropping down by pupils as they can drop down key points only instead of whole article. and students lose the skill for how to drop key points. chalkboard is more interactive than the presentation while it's easy to ask students to come out and write down answer on board directly but not in different computer which may damage the presentation easily.

another is using email to tell students homework assignments. i think each student should get a blackberry in free. i find teachers from school which my sister's studying love sending homework assignments in irregular periods even after school time. so they need to check their box quite often in front of the screen. but using computer is just like going into supermarket or department store, too much stuff diverts your mind. after checking email, they would like to write some blogs, read friends' diarys, visit some websites or even play games. and they lose responsibility to drop down homework assignments into their handbook before going home while their teachers lose responsibility to assign assignments in school time. anyway this makes students know the real world a bit more.



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H5N1 In Hong Kong - Daai Tou Laam Diary

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4 species of h5n1... o my god. are we gonna die?

new ipod move

just wanna say pls elimate 1gb ipod shuffle asap! only little market value for it even i got one a year ago. (but 1gb shuffle can directly connect to usb port which we cannot do the same thing for nano without the cable)

but will nano get 6gb model? will apple lose the market for medium storage after 6gb mini and 4g ipod gone?